It seemed appropriate to talk about housework since this week I have been frantically tidying everything I can find for my BBQ. I think we (as a society) are obsessed with having a 'clean and tidy' house. I guess its because we don't (generally) have to worry about freezing to death, or starving, or dying from disease. What a luxury to be able to worry about vacuuming the floor, or making sure the toilet is clean. I try really hard to rise above some of the housework worry - not least because I am not very good at it, and then I get all stressed out because I 'should' have a tidy house.
However, it would be remiss of me not to mention FlyLady in my blog post about housework, and I have to say that this website is a fantastic tool when you get too mired down in housework issues to know where to begin. I especially like the way she breaks down housework into manageable chunks. My favourite technique is 5 minute tidy up. I often find myself overwhelmed by the seemingly insurmountable mountain of toys etc that need to be put away. I set the alarm on my cellphone and run around the house trying to put as much away as I can in that 5 mins. You would be amazed by how much you can get done in this timeframe. P often likes to run around behind me yelling at the top of her lungs. She doesn't actually want to help, just to be part of the action.